Audio & video software forum: Easiest way to transfer MiniDV footage to PC and edit it

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 5, 2008 12:20 PM PDT

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Easiest way to transfer MiniDV footage to PC and edit it

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/5/08 12:20 PM

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Hi. I have a desktop, which is more than six years old, running Windows XP Professional with the latest service packs. I also have a six-month-old laptop running Vista Home Premium, with 2GB RAM and a 200GB HD. I know the laptop is the better choice for this, but I am still fumbling on how to get this done.

Having taken a lot of hours of movies with my MiniDV Sony camera, I need to do two things. First, transfer the footage to DVDs. The laptop has a DVD burner built-in, so that makes it the better choice, again. And second, once I have transferred the footage, I will want to edit it.

How can I make the transfer as easy as possible first, to the laptop's hard drive, then burning the movies to DVDs? I am guessing that DVD-RW is the best medium, so that I can move things back and forth while I edit and refine the movies I have taken. Can you suggest the best ways to do these tasks? Move the movies from the MiniDV to the Laptop's HD, and then edit the movies. Thank you all, very much.

--Submitted by Alex H.

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Converting your MiniDV to DVDs --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=307400&messageID=2850659&tag=forums06;posts#2850659

Mini Digital Video (DV) to DVD--Submitted by surfingtheweb
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=307400&messageID=2851235&tag=forums06;posts#2851235

First the basics--Submitted by slappie
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=307400&messageID=2852885&tag=forums06;posts#2852885


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